John Peel and Sheila: The Pig's Big 78s: A Beginner's Guide

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John Peel and Sheila: The Pig's Big 78s: A Beginner's Guide
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Compilation album by
Various artists
ReleasedMarch 2006
Recorded1916-1958, 2005

John Peel And Sheila: The Pig's Big 78s: A Beginner's Guide is a compilation consisting of music originally published on 78 rpm shellac records. British radio DJ John Peel and his wife Sheila Ravenscroft began compiling the record in 2004, with Sheila completing the project following Peel's death. The compilation was named after, and inspired by, a feature on Peel's BBC Radio show, in which Sheila would play 78 rpm records in between other tracks.

The compilation's contents vary "from English brass bands, schmaltzy dance music and yodelling, to early rock ‘n' roll and traditional music from China and Africa" according to the record company Trikont which published the disc in March 2006. The booklet also contains an interview with Sheila.

Track list[edit]

  1. Sheila Ravenscroft (aka The Pig) – Brief Introduction
  2. Olly OakleyThe Jovial Huntsman (featuring John Peel) (ca 1916)
  3. Albert WhelanPass! Shoot!! Goal!!! (1931)
  4. Ray Martin & His OrchestraBlue Tango (1951)
  5. Besses o' th' Barn BandBradford (before 1914)
  6. Lightnin' HopkinsJail House Blues (1949)
  7. Daily Mail Mystery Record – £1950 For Naming The Artists (?)
  8. George Lewis And His New Orleans MusicYaaka Hula Hickey Dula (1949)
  9. Mr Billy WilliamsJohn, John, Put Your Trousers On (1908)
  10. Elias & His Zig-Zag Jive FlutesTom Hark (1958)
  11. The Seven ‘Hot’ Air Men – Gotta Feelin’ For You (1929)
  12. Unknown performers – Unknown (Cantonese, ca 1930)
  13. Peanuts WilsonCast Iron Arm (1957)
  14. Winifred AtwellThe Charleston (1953)
  15. Freddy Dosh[1] - Impressions Part 1 & 2 (ca 1935)
  16. Bob Richardson & His Orchestra(There Ought To Be) A Moonlight Saving Time (1931)
  17. Clapham & DwyerA Day’s Broadcasting, Part 1 (1928)
  18. Jack White & His BandMaybe (1939)
  19. Earl BosticSleep (ca 1951)
  20. Ronnie RonaldeThe Yodelling Whistler (ca 1951)
  21. Albert Whelan – My Brother Makes The Noises For The Talkies (1931)
  22. The Three GinxOn A Steamer Coming Over (ca 1933)
  23. Sonny TerryRiff And Harmonica Jump (ca 1949)
  24. Miss Agnes PrestonMassa’s In De Cold, Cold Ground (ca 1914)
  25. The Blue Tango


  1. ^ [1] Supplement to Radio Times, July 9, 1937, page 4, Freddy Dosh

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